CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS – A professional looking flop shot that cleared two mature trees and landed flush to the green.
A corner shot that circled around private property before crashing down the proper fairway.
An approach shot that not only bounced off the green, but also rolled into his cup.
Kyle Westfall had each of those killer attempts in Friday’s men’s final for the Erie District Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship.
It was four routine shots, however, that ultimately left the Erie High returnee as this year’s winner.
Westfall admitted fatigue after walking two full rounds and a playoff hole in wet conditions at the Riverside Golf Course. He still had enough stamina to beat Mercyhurst Prep returnee Nick Momeyer.
Their playoff hole was the par-four, 344 yards 18e, which the duo completed three times over an eight-hour period. When Momeyer missed his two-foot par attempt, he conceded the one-foot goal that Westfall faced for par.
The reigning Class 3A Boys Medalist from District 10 says golf fatigue started to set in long before that.
“Oh, I’m not doing well right now,” Westfall said. “My feet were hurting badly, but one kick at a time got me through it.”
Westfall received the tournament championship trophy from referee Bruce Chase, who is also Westfall’s coach while competing for the Royals. He finished first Friday a year after losing the men’s tournament final to Michael Mahoney, a Meadville graduate who won 3-1 at Ridge Golf Club north of Waterford.
Four months later, however, Westfall won the district’s 3A Men’s Golf Tournament. The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy student also competed in the adult version of the EDGA Match Play Championships for the first time when he drilled the 32-man field at Downing Golf Course in Harborcreek Township last month.
These results, combined with those from Friday, set Westfall up for the challenges ahead in his final season of high school golf.
“It’s a good feeling. I like it,” he said. “I like to get my name known.”
Westfall and Momeyer each beat the Shippenville golfers in Friday morning’s junior match play semifinals. Westfall knocked out Devon Lauer 5&4, while Momeyer beat Kameron Kerle 3&2.
Momeyer, a rising senior for the Lakers, said Friday’s action was a great experience despite the playoff loss.
“I know what I have to work on now,” he said. “My corner shots (Friday), I wasn’t getting them as close to the pin as I wanted. I didn’t watch myself much on the birdies.
Momeyer and Westfall played in a quartet with Connor Laird and Robert Mahoney, who were chasing first place in the boys’ B flight.
Laird, expected to be a freshman with the 2022 Prep men’s team, beat his Meadville opponent 4 and 3.
Zinram retains title
Friday’s girls’ junior match play final pitted the same players against each other for the 2021 trophy.
Like last year, the winner was future senior AnnaMarie Zinram. Former Villa Maria Victor, who will play for Cathedral Prep this fall, defended herself with a 2 and 1 victory over young Mercyhurst Prep rising star Katie Caryl.
Zinram beat Caryl 2-up for his first Match Play win.
“I think I was more nervous for this tournament than last year,” Zinram said. “There was definitely more pressure (as the number one seed). I just tried to relax my mind by saying that I was playing by myself.
Zinram and Caryl advanced to Friday’s championship game with Thursday’s quarterfinal and semifinal wins at Riverside.
Events to come
Momeyer and Westfall finished first and second in the Great Lakes Junior Golf Tour boys under-19 standings ahead of this week’s EDGA junior match play. Momeyer had 103 tour points in three starts against Westfall’s 101.
The EDGA Junior Stroke Play Championship will take place July 28-30 at The Ridge, followed by the Tour Championship on August 4-5 at Downing.
Other tour leaders were Anthony LaBoda (boys under 15 at 47 points); Josiah Swan (boys under 12 to 24); McKayla Kerle (girls 19 and under to 29); Moira Erhartic (girls under 15 to 35); and Keziah Swan and Elle Costello (girls 12 and under to 4).